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Strongest theming on a mega/hyper, giga or strata coaster?

Matt N

CF Legend
Hi guys. Mega, hyper, giga and strata coasters are absolutely huge rides, often the landmark ride of their park. Due to this, the cost of building the ride alone is often colossal, meaning that the theming on these monstrous rides is often quite limited. So my question to you today is; which mega, hyper, giga or strata coaster do you feel has the strongest theming?

Personally, I'd say that Kondaa at Walibi Belgium looks to have a fair shot at this title. It has a really well-themed station building, by the looks of things, and the area has tons of little details!

But which mega, hyper, giga or strata coaster do you think has the strongest theming?


Mega Poster
Does Flying Aces count? Great queue line theming as well as the station, no theming during the ride, but still has better theming than most 200ft+ coasters.

Mako has a good looking queue line, the station is well themed and the lift hill audio is a bonus.

Goliath at SFMM has the iconic sign, some landscaping in the queue as well as a sort of themed station.

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Hyper Poster
Kärnan, Flying Aces, Hyperion or Zadra. All 4 are pretty well themed, at least in the queue. In the over 300 feet segment I gotta give it to Superman Escape from Krypton. It has a great fitting to the theme colour scheme, an incredible station and a super cool entrance plaza. Just to bad that Six Flags refuses to maintain the station. Redforce is also pretty well themed (at least visually) but I feel like they just want to shove Ferrari down your throat without any actual meaningful theming such as Flying Aces which also is themed to Ferrari but has a great backstory.
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Mega Poster
In the Giga/Strata category I'd go with Top Thrill Dragster (as it originally opened). The ride vehicles with spoilers and tires, the racing Christmas tree lights, the announcer, the sound effects of a reving engine, the radar displaying the speed of the launch, the station architecture, the actual dragster out front, the bleachers, which were actually full of spectators for the first couple seasons. It was a real spectacle, which is exactly what it was designed to be. It may not have been the most elaborate theme, but it did the trick.

But then again you could call me a Cedar Point fanboy, so I may not be the most neutral judge.


Mega Poster
There are several that I haven't ridden that probably have stronger theming (Kondaa and Karnan come to mind), but Hyperion was excellent. The ride itself doesn't have any theming, but the entire queue was pretty well themed.


Matt SR
Staff member
Social Media Team
It still has to be Top Thrill Dragster. Rumbling engine launch sound effect, Grandstands watching riders launch through the series, spoiler and back tire theme - it is as close to a perfect theme interpretation as you get.


Mega Poster
Shambhala, has its own themed area pretty much (see my user icon!), themed tunnel, themed splashdown... It's impossible to fully theme and entire coaster that large but Shammy has it where it actually matters.


Donkey in a hat
^Sticking with Port Aventura, Red Force should probably qualify too. I mean, theming wise it's no Taron... but there ain't no mistaking that it's a Ferrari-based ride from... well, anywhere in Salou really.


Mega Poster
It’s definitely not a contender for best theming but any means but I appreciate I305’s trains and dispatch audio, as well as the race car that (used to) be in the front plaza.

Austin H.

Roller Poster
I would say Orion at Kings Island. The hut in that you can see while waiting in line and the whole Area 72 area around it just makes me think I'm in some space research base.